Getting to the new Berlin Brandenburg International Airport from Potsdam is easiest, fastest, and cheapest by train. Bus BER2 also connects Potsdam with BER Flughafen.
Hourly direct trains from Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt Airport (BER) offer the simplest way to travel to Potsdam near Berlin. Traveling via Berlin Hauptbahnhof or by S-Bahn is possible but takes longer and cost more. A direct hourly bus service is also available but bus BER2 charges a premium and is mostly convenient for travelers boarding en route to the Airport rather than from Potsdam Hauptbahnhof itself.
The transportation options described here will only be available once Berlin Brandenburg Airport actually opens – the current target date is
October 27, 2013 somewhere in 2014, maybe 2019.
Until the airport actually opens, passengers from Schönefeld usually do best to travel via Berlin Hauptbahnhof. The direct trains from Schönefeld to Potsdam to no longer operate.
The train from Potsdam to Berlin Brandenburg Airport requires a Berlin public transportation BC ticket costing €2.70. Traveling via Berlin itself requires an ABC ticket costing €3.00.
By Train from Berlin Brandenburg Airport to Potsdam
A direct train from Potsdam to Berlin Brandenburg Airport provides the easiest, fastest, and cheapest transportation to Berlin’s new airport. Travelers to Potsdam no longer have to transit via central Berlin on S-Bahn trains to get to the airport.
The Regionalbahn (RB22) trains from Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg Airport have Griebnitzsee Bhf as final destination.
The direct train from Potsdam to Berlin Brandenburg Airport runs hourly and takes only 42 minutes (44 on the way back from the airport). The train from Potsdam to the airport departs hourly from 04:13 am to 23:13 (sometimes a minute earlier!) and from the airport to Potsdam hourly from 05:01 am to 00:01 am. Traveling outside these hours require multiple transfers but it is possible to reach the airport at all hours of the night.
The schedule from the airport to Potsdam is as follows:
|From Airport||Station||To Airport|
|:01||Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg (BER)||:55|
|:12||Ludwigsfelde, Genshagener Heide Bahnhof||:43|
|:29||Potsdam, Golm Bahnhof||:21|
|:39||Potsdam, Park Sanssouci Bhf||:17|
|:42||Potsdam, Charlottenhof Bhf||:15|
|Times are approximates – some trains are a few minutes faster or slower.|
Travel from Berlin Brandenburg Airport to Potsdam via Berlin
The old train options from Berlin-Schönefeld Airport (SXF) to Potsdam via Berlin are still available but make little sense given the convenience and frequency of the direct train. In addition, traveling through central Berlin require and ABC ticket.
Missing the direct train from Berlin Brandenburg Airport to Potsdam by 4 minutes, give travelers the option to take the Airport Express to Berlin Südkreuz, change here for the S41, change again at Westkreuz for the S7 to reach Potsdam Hauptbahnhof in 1h10 or half an hour earlier than waiting for the next direct train will get you there. Missing the direct train by anything more than 4 minutes will result in a time saving of only 10 to 2 minutes over waiting for the next direct train. Miss a connection or experience a train delay and the indirect route will take longer.
In the reverse direction, Potsdam to Berlin Brandenburg Airport, the time saving over waiting for the next direct train is even less.
Express Bus BER2 from Potsdam to Berlin Brandenburg Airport
Express Bus BER2 offers an alternative for traveling from Potsdam Hauptbahnhof to Berlin Brandenburg Airport. This bus succeeded the SXF2 bus to the now defunct Berlin-Schönefeld Airport (SXF).
Bus BER2 takes around 45 minutes and departs from Potsdam Hauptbahnhof bus stop 8 hourly from 4:45 am to 8:45 pm. The hourly bus from Berlin Brandenburg Airport departs from 5:35 am to 9:35 pm. The bus does not run on public holidays.
En route to the airport from Potsdam main train station, bus BER2 also stops in Potsdam (Stern-Center / Nuthestr.), Stahnsdorf (Waldschänke), and Teltow (Warthestr, Stadt, and Bahnhof).
Given the convenience, frequency and speed of the new direct train to Berlin Brandenburg Airport, Schnellbus BER2 makes little sense for traveling the full distance from Potsdam itself. In addition to the normal transportation ticket, an addition €5 express bus surcharge is payable.
Bus BER2 is operated by Busbetrieb Anger and not yet included in all electronic timetables.
See also Transportation to Berlin Brandenburg Airport for getting to the airport from other parts of Berlin and the Airport Express for the convenient train connection to Berlin Hauptbahnhof and other destinations in the center of Berlin.